|Controlled Hover Test No. 4|
NASA's Robotic Lander Development Project at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. conducts the second free-flight test of a robotic lander prototype. During test the lander successfully executed its planned flight profile, autonomously ascending to a six-foot hover and descending to conduct a controlled soft landing.
Keywords: Marshall Space FLight Center; robotic lander prototype; NASA; space exploration
|NASA's Robotic Lander Takes Flight|
On Monday, June 13, the robotic lander mission team was poised and ready when the lander prototype in the adjacent building lifted itself off the ground and rose unrestrained higher and higher. Applause broke out in the control room when the lander gently sat back down. This marks the first free flight of this prototype for the Robotic Lunar Lander Development Project managed at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala...
Keywords: robotic lander; marshall space flight center; nasa; space exploration
|Controlled Hover Test Flight No. 4|
This video collage provides several views of the robotic lander prototype during its second free flight test. The lander is captured in flight from overhead and side mounted cameras in high definition and infrared video. The infrared video allows engineers to see how the vehicle is behaving thermally as well as how the thrusters pulse during test since the thruster plumes are invisible to the naked eye..
Keywords: Marshall Space Flight Center; NASA; Robotic Lander Prototype; space exploration
|Robotic Lander Gets Sideways During Test|
During a recent test at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., the robotic lander prototype, known as Mighty Eagle, performed a hover test flying up to three feet and then translated, or moved itself sideways, to perform a controlled, safe landing 13 feet from the launch pad. This is a complex maneuver for the lander to perform accurately since a robotic lander may need to right itself autonomously when it comes in for landing on an airless body or planet with no atmosphere...
Keywords: What -- Moon; NASA; Marshall Space Flight Center; Robotic Lander Prototype; Mighty Eagle
|Robotic Lander Prototype Test|
NASA successfully completed the final flight in a series of tests of a new robotic lander prototype at the Redstone Test Center's propulsion test facility on the U.S. Army Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala. Since early October, the Robotic Lander Development Project at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville has subjected the lander prototype to a series of more complex outdoor flight tests maneuvers...
Keywords: Marshall Space Flight Center; robotic lander prototype; Mighty Eagle; US Army Redstone Arsenal
|Robotic Lander Prototype Testing|
NASA's Robotic Lunar Lander Development Project at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., completed an initial series of integrated tests on a new lander prototype. The prototype lander will lead to the development of a new generation of small, smart, versatile robotic landers to achieve scientific and exploration goals on the surface of the moon and near-Earth asteroids. (NASA/MSFC)
Keywords: What -- Moon; nasa; marshall space flight center; robotics; robotic lander; exploration
|NASA's Robotic Lunar Lander Development Test Project|
During recent tests at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., the lander test article was suspended up 10.5 feet from the landing pad. After being released from its hoist, the lander simultaneously received a command to activate its onboard thrusters to carry it to a controlled landing using a preprogrammed descent profile. These tests demonstrate the test article's capability to perform autonomous descent, and soon will be used to checkout landing control algorithms for the ne...
Keywords: What -- Earth; What -- Moon; NASA robotic lander; NASA lunar lander; robotic lunar lander; thrusters autonomous landing; moon lander; Barbara Cohen; Julie Bassler; Danny Harris; lunar lander test article; polar volatiles; scientific instruments